Comprehensive Women's Health
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Birmingham, MI & Oxford, MI
Choosing contraception is a highly personal process. You want birth control that effectively prevents pregnancy, but is also convenient. At Comprehensive Women’s Health, OB/GYN Dr. Lana Powell can help you navigate the pros and cons of birth control options and help you understand why you may benefit from it even if you aren’t sexually active. Women in Birmingham and Oxford, Michigan can call the office or book an appointment online to learn more about contraceptive options.
Contraception Q & A
What should you consider when choosing contraception?
When you’re trying to decide on a method of birth control, it’s important to consider your lifestyle and needs. Of course, you want to prevent pregnancy, but ask yourself the following as well:
- How effective is each method?
- Is the birth control method reversible?
- What are the side effects?
- Is it convenient?
- When do I want to have a family, if ever?
- Is it acceptable to my partner?
If you have more than one sexual partner or have a partner with multiple partners, you should also consider whether the method offers some protection against sexually transmitted infections.
What types of contraception are available?
Many options are available when it comes to contraception. These five are the primary groupings:
- Barrier methods that prevent the sperm and egg from connecting and include male and female condoms and the cervical cap
- Hormonal methods that release hormones that prevent ovulation, including birth control pills, vaginal ring, and injections
- Intrauterine devices that are inserted into your uterus and either release hormones or copper to prevent pregnancy
- Sterilization, such as vasectomy and tubal ligation, offers permanent birth control
- Natural family planning relies on monitoring body signs such as your ovulation calendar and cervical mucus quality
The team at Comprehensive Women’s Health can help you understand these various options and understand which might be best for you.
Why would I need contraception if I am not sexually active?
Contraception can offer benefits other than just preventing pregnancy. Some contraceptives, such as hormonal-based IUDs and the pill, can help lighten your menstrual cycle and reduce the risk of certain cancers.
If you suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding or spotting as a result of endometriosis or uterine fibroids, the birth control pill or a hormonal IUD can help relieve these symptoms. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome may appreciate the pill as it can help regulate an especially heavy or irregular cycle.
What birth control offers protection against sexually transmitted infections?
The only contraception that helps protect you from STIs are male and female condoms. If either you or your partners have multiple partners, it’s a good idea to use condoms, even if you use another form of birth control to prevent pregnancy.
To learn more about your contraceptive options, call Comprehensive Women’s Health, or book an appointment online.
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